Public Master Classes

Through our Music Education Program, with support from the Lois and Julian Brodsky Music Education Fund, PCMS offers free in-school master classes to music students from the Curtis Institute, Temple University, Academy of Vocal Arts, Settlement Music School, Temple Music Prep, Play on Philly and public and charter schools around the city, providing the technical, expressive and historical insight into the music they perform. Conducted by the same musicians PCMS presents in concert, these unique classes offer students at all stages of musical development the opportunity to be instructed by internationally-renowned artists.

If you plan on attending, please confirm the date and time (as classes sometimes change last-minute) by calling 215-569-8080.


Curtis Institute of Music (Field Hall)

Imogen Cooper, piano | Friday, November 9, 11 am – 1 pm
Leonidas Kavakos, violin | Sunday, February 3, 11 am – 1 pm
Imani Winds | Friday, February 15, 11 am – 1 pm
Tim Eddy, cello [Orion Quartet] | Saturday, February 16, 4 – 6 pm

Temple University (Rock Hall)

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano | Friday, October 26, 1 – 3 pm
Peter Stumpf, cello | Thursday, November 1, 4 – 6 pm
Horszowski Trio | Wednesday, November 28, 2 – 4 pm
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor | Thursday, February 21, 4 – 6 pm
Dénes Várjon, piano | Saturday, April 6, 10 – 12 pm
The Romeros | Thursday, April 18, 11 am – 1 pm

University of Pennsylvania (location TBD)

Eric Owens, baritone | Thursday, February 21, 4 – 6 pm

Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch)

Dover Quartet | Tuesday, October 30, 3 – 4:30 pm
Leon Bates, piano | Saturday, December 8, 4 – 6 pm
Marcy Rosen, cello | Saturday, January 12, 4 – 6 pm
Marinus Ensemble | Friday, February 22, 4 – 6 pm

Temple Music Prep (1515 Market Street, Room 222)

Kim Kashkashian, viola | Saturday, January 12, 4 – 6 pm
Takács Quartet | Saturday, March 16, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm



We really appreciate you investing so much into Sophia’s musical endeavors. Arranging this master class wasn’t easy or cheap, I’m sure. Students don’t just get master classes every day, and especially, not for free. I do recognize the lessons, exposure, opportunities, support, and encouragement you are offering my daughters are invaluable.  So, I want you to know that I’m truly appreciative of all that you and POP do for them. - Play on Philly parent, after Demarre McGill's master class

Students at Temple Music Prep are very fortunate to be in a city like Philadelphia. PCMS propels these young musicians forward by connecting them to the outstanding chamber music ensembles presented in its concert series. By creating these interactions through workshops and master classes, PCMS allows our youth to learn directly from and emulate the masters they aspire to become. PCMS goes one step further in providing tickets so the students may then hear the artists in concert. The value is immeasurable. - Mark Huxsoll, Temple Music Preparatory Division

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